Students at five Sydney schools have access to high quality vocational training through a new $5 million Trade Training Centre at Bankstown.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, today opened Saint Yon Trade Training Centre.
“This facility will give students access to training in engineering, construction, automotive and electrotechnology trades,” Senator Ryan said.
“These skills will contribute to building the qualified, well-trained Australian workforce we need for the future.
“That’s a goal that is clearly shared by the five partner schools, local employers, and other stakeholders who have worked together with the common goal of improving training pathways for students in this region.”
The Australian Government provided $5 million to construct workshops, three theory rooms, two office facilities and provide equipment.
The centre is located at LaSalle College, the lead school in the project, with partner schools Casimir Catholic College, De La Salle College in Revesby Heights, Holy Spirit College and Trinity Catholic College able to access the facility.
The Trade Training Centre will deliver qualifications to address skills shortages in the trades of carpentry, general electrician, metal fabricator, metal fitter and motor mechanics.
“Australia’s future productivity and competitiveness depends on a skilled and trained workforce,” Senator Ryan said.
“That’s why the Government is considering innovative and practical approaches to deliver trade qualifications in schools. We want strong school and industry partnerships in place so that student training in schools meets industry and employer needs.
“Through our Students First approach, we are building a world-class education system to equip all students to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”
Under Students First, the Government will work with the states and territories in 2014 on four key areas that will make a difference:
• teacher quality
• principal autonomy
• parental engagement
• strengthening the curriculum.
For further information on Trade Training Centres, visit: www.education.gov.au/trade-training-centres-schools-program.
For further information on Students First, visit: www.studentsfirst.gov.au.